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Good Behavior

(Letty Dobesh Chronicles #1-3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  5,638 ratings  ·  699 reviews

Now a television series starring Michelle Dockery, coming to TNT this fall.

Fresh out of prison and fighting to keep afloat, Letty Dobesh returns to her old tricks burglarizing suites at a luxury hotel. While on the job, she overhears a man hiring a hit man to kill his wife. Letty may not be winning any morality awards, but even she has limits. Unable to go to the polic

Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer (first published September 28th 2013)
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Dan McConkie This book has three different "novelas" in it. The first closely parallels the tv series up until about the 80% point. From there, it is drastically d…moreThis book has three different "novelas" in it. The first closely parallels the tv series up until about the 80% point. From there, it is drastically different. I believe the other two novelas in this book are separate complete stories from different episodes in her life -- completely different from the series.(less)

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After reading Dark Matter and enjoying it so much, I thought I would try this. These are three short stories featuring Letty Dobesh, a thief and addict, with a mesmerising personality. There is a TV series based on Letty with Michelle Dockery in the title role. Crouch provides a commentary of how he got the idea for Letty, how the stories and the odd character were changed and rearranged for the TV series. The Letty stories come with twists and a sting in the tale, this behoves me to not spill ...more
Good Behavior aka the Letty Dobesh Chronicles is an action-packed, pulse-pounding and exciting collection of stories told through the eyes of a junkie thief. Typically, I’m not the biggest fan of short stories, but there was a part of me that couldn’t resist this compilation from the mastermind behind Dark Matter, a story that left me completely mesmerized last year. Not to mention, these stories are the foundation for a new show, so what better way to find out if it’s worth a watch.

Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Letty Dobesh is fresh out of prison and has that nasty little meth addiction.
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A girl does what she has to do and ends up falling into her old ways once a 'job' is offered. The book is three novellas put together for the upcoming TV show so the first one is Letty on the job and overhears a husband and a hit man planning to kill the wife. Letty does have some principles and she gets more involved than she should have. (I actually liked this story the best of the that means everyone e
Larry H
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blake Crouch blew my mind and threw me for a loop with Dark Matter (see my review). When I decided to read Good Behavior , a collection of three interlinked novellas, I wondered if lightning would strike twice for me when reading Crouch's books.

My verdict? Crouch really is one hell of a writer. While this book didn't quite take my breath away like Dark Matter did, he proved once again that he knows how to create some fantastic action scenes and ratchet up tension until you are absolut
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Well shit this comes as a shock...

I LOVED Dark Matter and Wayward Pines. Heck I'm always raving about them. I even decided to read as many Blake Crouch's books as I can get my hands on. However this was a big let down for me. I didn't really care for the stories (the first one was the best out of the three), didn't really care about the characters and wasn't surprised by the twists.

I'll watch the TV series and update you on it!
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Good Behavior is a hard-hitting collection of three interconnected novellas by Blake Crouch - The Pain of Others, Sunset Key, and Grab - about a con artist/thief named Letty Dobesh. This book was published on November 15, 2016, which was the broadcast date for the pilot episode of "Good Behavior" on TNT, a new crime drama series based on this character and, in large part, on these novellas. (Michelle Dockery - Lady Mary from Downton Abbey - played the role of Letty, in a major change of pace.)

Joe Valdez
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-crime
Well this book was like bird shit on the windshield.

My introduction to the fiction of Blake Crouch is Good Behavior, a collection of three novellas published in 2011, 2013 and 2016 featuring Letty Dobesh, an addict thief who loves recovery, fine dining and stealing. This book is a tie-in for the TNT series launched in 2016 that ran for two seasons and twenty episodes. I mention this because the book is stuffed with notes by Crouch--one at the beginning, one following each novella--discussing the
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blake Crouch channeled his inner Elmore Leonard and produced a crime genre template for a protagonist in this 2016 collection of three novellas, all featuring one of the best heroines in recent history.

Letty Dobesh is a very talented thief, a pick pocket with artful hands and a quick mind. She is also damaged: being a multiple offender and frequent inmate. She has a serious substance abuse problem and is no longer the legal mother of her son, having lost her parental rights. Crouch’s creation of
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Recognize.  Avoid.  Cope.'  Words to live by for Letty Dobesh.  Thief, pickpocket extraordinaire, an all around gifted grifter.   She's also a convicted felon, recently released from prison and on parole.  Oh, and Letty is a recovering meth addict.  She's trying desperately to make peace with herself (view spoiler).  Quick on her feet and gutsy as they come, but always just a shot away from slipping back into the abyss.   Letty retur ...more
Not being familiar with the TV series or the character prior to picking this up, I had no preconceptions as to what to expect from this collection of three supposedly interlinked short stories.

This was also my first foray into the gimmick Kindle-In-Motion ebook, of which I also had no idea what to expect.

Contrary to popular opinion on Goodreads, I was entertained by the fun fast paced stories but not all that impressed with what the stories themselves had to offer nor the ‘extras’ by the autho
Good Behavior is a collection of three separate novellas that feature Blake Crouch's all-time favorite character creation: Letty Dobesh. You may be familiar with this character from TNT's television series: Good Behavior. Each short-story can be read in any order as they all are separate open and closed stories. Each novella is listed below along with an individual rating/review. I highly recommend this collection for fans of character-driven thrillers. Check it out!

The Pain of Others- 5 stars
Patrice Hoffman
Fresh off of the high I got with Blake Crouch's Dark Matter, I was super excited to begin reading Good Behavior. Good Behavior introduces readers to Letty Dubesh. She's not your typical heroine. Actually, she's not a heroine at all but she is interesting.

Crouch invites us into the life of one of the most troubled and flawed characters I've read in a while. There's no secret that she's fresh out of jail after serving time for felony theft. From page one it's obvious we would not be rooting for Su
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Good Behavior: Letty Dobesh Chronicles by Blake Crouch is a collection of three novellas formerly published separately featuring the character Letty Dobesh. The collection includes the books The Pain of Others, Sunset Key, and Grab. These stories and Letty are going to be the focus of a new show coming to television on the network TNT.

Each novella features Letty on a different adventure and in the first Letty is freshly released from prison and fighting her addictions when she attempts to retur
Bam cooks the books ;-)
This was a rare opportunity--to read the three novellas upon which a new TNT series is based and to read the author's notes on how it all came about. Blake Crouch's new character is a gem! Letty Dobesh is a damaged personality: abused as a child, she is now a beautiful but aging con-artist, thief, substance abuser and adreneline-junkie who is struggling to find a way to change and win back the custody of her six-year-old son. "When I'm high and when I'm on a job--those are the only times in my l ...more
Judy D Collins
Blake Crouch returns from Wayward Pines and Dark Matter (2016) with his latest smashing hit, GOOD BEHAVIOR The book, audio, TV series- (The Letty Dobesh Chronicles): EPIC! Brilliantly crafted.

Extraordinary from book, audio, to TV on-screen, Landing on my Top Books of 2016, and best 2016 book to screen. The collaboration between Blake Crouch and Chad Hodge is a “match made in heaven.”

Yes, I am enjoying the ride. Please do not let it stop!

Ongoing: “I am the best me I can be!” (Letty)

In the
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I’ve been looking forward to the new TV show, “Good Behavior”, starring Michelle Dockery, which will premiere on TNT on November 15, 2016. So I was quite excited to be reading Blake Crouch’s three novellas that comprise his work centering on the character, Letty Dobesh. Also, this is the tie-in to the TV show and has photos of the cast at work and also the author’s notes about each of the stories and how they were incorporated into the TV show.

Letty Dobesh is out of prison and is back to being a
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Stories that became the scripts to this TNT show, one of it isn't in this show yet. Letty character has many problems, addicted to alcohol and street drugs. She was declared unfit mother and lost her son. Now gets her high by stealing.
Had to walk away and think before writing a review, gave three stars, but it should be more like a two and a half. Would I watch this series? If I was so sick and couldn't hold my Kindle, maybe.
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Good Behavior contains three independent novellas (The Pain of Others, Sunset Key, and Grab) all featuring Letty Dobesh. Letty is a convicted but highly dexterous thief, a recovering addict (kind of), and a down on her luck Mum who has lost her parental rights. She is the leading role in Blake Crouch's new TV show (coming to TNT on Nov 15). I think these stories could work well on screen, in particular, 'Grab', which is about a casino heist, but it won't actually be used until season 2 apparentl ...more
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

3 stars.
Very formulaic. Each story followed the exact same pattern: Down-on-her-luck recovering alcoholic/meth addict Letty meets a guy (a handler?) who has heard about her "abilities" as a thief, hires her for a heist, heist goes south, Letty escapes, and the story ends with a "surprise" betrayal. While this would get very tedious very quickly in book form, I can see how it would work as a TV show. Kind of reminds me of the old Qua
This book is a collection of 3 short stories, based on and driven by a character named Letty who I instantly fell in love with. Letty reminds me of a female, flawed version of the character "Neil McAffrey" in the tv series White Collar and stories that might have been the beginnings of McAffrey long PRIOR to his conviction, therefore prior to the show having it's beginnings. As much as I'm making a comparison to a show that already exists, I still feel these stories are refreshing. All 3 stories ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
This is a highly entertaining must-read. I know I'm late to the Good Behavior party, but up next, I'm going to binge watch all of Blake Crouch's shows followed by reading all of his other books. Highly recommended!
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received from the Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blake Crouch does not disappoint. Good behavior is actually three Novellas: The Pain of Others, Sunset Key, and The Grab. But this book is not just a combination of these three Novellas. This book is about the writing process and the new show coming out called "Good Behavior" Blake Crouch writes about his character Letty, collaborating with Chad Hodge, co-writing the script for the television show and was their collabora
Letty Dobesh isn't a good girl gone bad, nor is she a bad girl gone good. Instead, Letty is a woman who has a good heart and some good intentions, but those intentions get overshadowed by the fact that she's also one hell of a thief. One of the best, actually, and she thrives on the power and the things that go along with being the best of the best. Unfortunately for Letty, she's also a woman with addictions and her bad behavior has led to a couple of stints in prison. Now fresh out of the clink ...more
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, suspense
Good Behavior is a collection of three novellas about Letty Dobesh. Letty is a fascinating character. She's a recovering drug addict but can't quite kick her addiction to thievery. These novellas were amazing! Each of them had an ending that was surprising. The first novella will be very familiar if you've seen the first episode of the show, but it ended differently. The second novella was twisted. Letty's involvement in the heist was not at all what I expected. The third novella was also depict ...more
Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
Finished the book tonight- now that is the way to write a thriller!

1 The Pain of Others
Raw, gritty, with a shocking twist, really didn't see that one coming!
2 Sunset Key
A little over the top action on the little island near Key West, but still very entertaining.
3 Grab
Spellbinding fast paced suspense! A huge heist and double cross in Las Vegas.

My favorite thing about this little trilogy is that the main character at the center of all the action is a woman.

The tv premier on TNT was well done and M
11811 (Eleven)
The more I read of Blake Crouch, the more I'm starting to realize that I may not be a fan. I should probably stop reading his stuff. 1.5 stars.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
Letty Dobesh is a convicted thief and a drug addict and just out of prison but she hasn't been reformed. This is a collection of three fun stand alone novellas (The Pain of Others, Sunset Key, and Grab) by Blake Crouch. According to Blake Crouch's website (, Letty is his favorite character of all time and I can see why. Each novella is a fast-paced thrill ride that will keep you guessing on how it will end.

In The Pain of Others Letty is robbing hotel roo
Oct 05, 2016 added it
Shelves: netgalley

I received this ARC from netgalley and Thomas & Mercer. I was curious about it as it's the basis for the new TNT show starring Michele Dockery. Now I guess I should have read the description better because it is not a single storyline. The first 20% of the book is in essence the pilot episode. Then comes an insert from the author describing where initial story and show depart company. Then there are two more stories based on the TV show characters.

I really like Letty, the main character and her
Andi Rawson
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I requested this book from NetGalley because after reading Dark Matter, I decided that if it's written by Crouch I probably need to read it, and I wasn't wrong. Many people have expressed disappointment that it wasn't in the same league as Dark Matter and I will admit that that was my first instinct as well, but I don't think that it's necessarily a bad thing. After reading all three of the novellas, I think that they were written exactly as they needed be in Letty's world. We are reading about ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
This book is the collection of three gripping thriller novellas about a talented thief named Letty Debesh. Morally grey, yet incredibly likable, she is such a compelling anti hero. Each novella sets up an interesting situation for Letty with a some good twists and turns. Despite the contemporary setting, these stories have a classic noir feel. I highly recommend this collection to anyone who wants to read well written crime fiction featuring a memorable, female lead.
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Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the T ...more

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